Russian defense enterprises "have multiplied" their production of weapons and other military equipment needed for what Moscow euphemistically calls its "special military operation" in Ukraine, Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin said Wednesday, according to state news agency TASS.
"The defense-industrial complex is now operating under maximum pressure," Mishustin said in a video address to the participants of board meeting of the Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade.
"In parallel with meeting the production targets, weapons and equipment continue to be improved nonstop," Mishustin added.
Russia has also introduced a temporary ban on the export of cartridges for civilian and service rifles, as well as cartridge cases and cartridges for rifled firearms of certain calibers, according to a statement released by the Russian government on Wednesday.
The decree, signed by Mishustin, takes effect on May 31 and states that the ban does not apply to the export of cartridges and cartridge cases meant for the activities of Russia's Armed Forces, "other troops" and "military formations," according to the statement.
"The decision is aimed at ensuring the protection of the interests of the state," the statement reads.
The decree was prepared as part of the execution of a Presidential Decree “On the Application of Special Economic Measures in the Sphere of Foreign Economic Activity to Ensure the Security of the Russian Federation," according to the statement.
The ban will remain in effect until the end of the year.